Nephthys, Goddess of the Dead.

Her Symbols are the kite, the crow, as well as, bones and skulls.

Cult Center: Kemet.

Classification: God,

Gender: Female.

Her Period of Worship began with the earliest civilizations of Earth. She is still actively worshiped to this day.

Known Affiliations: The Dead,

Known Relations : Nephthys is a member of the Ennead, the 9 original Kemetic gods which represents the line of Atum Ra.  This Ennead consist of the god Atum, his children Shu and Tefnut, their children Geb and Nut; and their children Ausir, Auset , Set, and Nephthys.

History:  Nephthys is a protective goddess of the dead. She is the sister of Ausar, the God of the living and the dead, and Auset, who is the Queen of the Throne. and the sister wife of Seth, the god of the desert and chaos. Nephthys was also the mother of Anubis. And she was the primary nurse maid and protector of her nephew, Horus the younger.

Nephthys also plays and important role as the protector of the dead. She is often shown on coffins, or in funerary scenes.

The name “Nebt-het”,  means the “lady of the house.” By “house” it is understood to be the portion of the sky where Horus lived.  She was portrayed as a woman wearing on her head the symbol of her name, or the symbol on top of a pair of horns.

Nephthys apparently was known in a wide spectrum of ancient Kemetic temple theologies and cosmologies, as the “Useful Goddess”, or the “Excellent Goddess”. She is the wife of Set the God of Chaos and the desert. But Set, like the desert he represented, was infertile and could never give her the children she desired.

Some myths say that Nephthys intoxicated Ausar, and seduced him, thus creating Anubis. Yet others say that she disguised herself as her sister Auset, Ausars wife, and became pregnant by him. It was Nephthys’ affair with Ausar which enraged Seth and was one of his motives for murdering Ausar.

she was depicted as the loyal friend and sister to Auset. It was Nephthys who helped Auset search for, and rebuild Aisars body. One of her roles was to protect Hapy, one of the four sons of Horus, as he guarded over the lungs of the deceased.

She was also believed to be the protector of the pharaoh in life and death. She, bestowed upon the pharaoh the ability to see beyond what is hidden by the moonlight making Nephthys the patron of witches and magicians.

She was also worshiped by nursing mothers because she is believed to have nursed Horus and even the pharaoh. Her link to Horus made her one of the important guardians of his canopic jars guarded by Horus’ four sons. Nephthys guarded Hapi, the god who protected the jar that contained the lungs of the dead.

Nephthys had to formal cult center as she is revered throughout the whole Egypt. However, her following were concentrated in the cities of Heliopolis and Abydos. Major centers of worships dedicated to her were in Iunu, in the 13th Nome of Lower Egypt, Senu, Hebet, (Behbit), Per-mert, Re-nefert, Het-sekhem, Het-Khas, Ta-kehset, and Diospolites.